The highs and lows of Samsung’s elite kitchen suite

The highs and lows of Samsung’s elite kitchen suite

A suite of kitchen appliances creates a seamless look, tied together by matching style and finish. The Samsung Chef Collection suite is sleek and sophisticated, and Samsung describes them as premium state-of-the-art appliances inspired by world-renowned chefs. Consumer Reports put the appliances to the test and found two that were impressive enough to be top picks. Now about those prices.

The four appliances sell for around $ 11,050. Still with me? Samsung is offering a free dishwasher in the form of an instant rebate of  $ 1,599 when you buy a Samsung Chef Collection range and refrigerator. The website says the offer is good until December 31 at participating locations, and a Samsung spokesperson told us the offer will not be extended. But if you’re considering an appliance suite, any suite, be sure to look online for rebates and special offers before you shop and negotiate once you’ve found what you want.

Samsung Chef Collection RF34H9960S4 4-door refrigerator, $ 5,400

Performance.Top-rated, top pick, and the most expensive in our refrigerator Ratings. The refrigerator has four doors; the upper fresh food section is behind French doors and two freezers are below. Our tests found excellent temperature control, energy efficiency, and quietness, and the 23.4 cubic feet of usable capacity is among the most we’ve ever measured.
Features. This refrigerator is about 2 to 3 inches deeper than most and about 3 inches taller. It’s 36 inches wide, 36 deep, and 73 inches tall. One of the bottom freezers can be converted to a refrigerator chamber. There’s a water dispenser, built-in water filter, door-open alarm, and digital controls on a front door that shows the refrigerator and freezer temperatures.

Samsung Chef Collection NE58H9970WS induction range, $ 3,600

Performance. This slide-in range was excellent overall and is a top pick. It’s the most expensive of all electric ranges tested and offers fast cooktop heat, but not as fast as the other induction ranges in our tests. Simmering was superb, baking was impressive, and broiling and self-cleaning were excellent.
Features. It has four surface elements and three are high power, and while fans of gas ranges rave about how the flame makes it easier to judge the heat, Samsung has introduced virtual flames. These LED lights glow around the base of the pot and remind you that the cooktop element is in use. The oven has convection, which can cut cooking time of some foods, and a slide-in partition converts the oven cavity into dual cavities with separate temperature controls, though they share one oven door. A warming drawer is part of the deal. The Chef Collection also includes a gas range and electric smoothtop range.

Samsung Chef Collection DW80H9970US dishwasher, $ 1,450

Performance. Offering top-notch washing, superb energy efficiency, and quiet operation, this dishwasher was impressive overall but did not make our top dishwasher picks. Normal cycle time is 155 minutes. Our brand reliability survey found that Samsung is the most repair-prone dishwasher brand.
Features. The WaterWall feature creates a sheet of water that moves back and forth to clean dishes. The Zone Booster setting cuts off the left or right half of the WaterWall’s jets to give higher water pressure to heavily soiled items or less to delicate items. There’s soil sensor, time-remaining display, and stainless tub. The delayed start and ample flatware slots add flexibility.  Some controls are hidden and you need to clean the filter by hand.
Testing note. In our first tests of the Samsung Chef Collection DW80H9970US, the filter clogged and the machine stopped running. After Samsung made a software adjustment, the next model we tested did fine.

Samsung Chef Collection ME21H9900AS over-the-range microwave, $ 600

Performance. Scoring 59 out of 100 in our microwave tests, there were better over-the-range microwaves for less money, but it’s part of this appliance suite so here’s what we found. Defrosting was excellent and it’s easy to use. But it’s just so-so at evenly heating food, not as fast as the top-rated models at heating, relatively noisy, and unimpressive at venting. Our brand reliability survey found that Samsung is the most repair-prone OTR microwave brand.
Features. A sensor helps detect when food is done by measuring the steam that’s emitted. There’s a child lock and a wire rack for cooking two foods at the same time.

So now you know what $ 11,050 can get you. The good news is our ratings include appliances that are both stylish and perform well. Take a look at our ratings of ranges, including pro-styles, refrigerators, dishwashers, and over-the-range microwaves. And be sure to note the brand reliability information.

Kimberly Janeway

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